A concerted effort in the off-season to lift, condition, and learn is sure to bolster the 2012 LeRoy football program which looks to once again play the championship style football this program has displayed in years past in collecting a Section 5 high 14 sectional crowns. Senior leadership and experience looks to blend with some very capable underclassmen personnel as the team looks to capture an LCAA divisional crown and beyond. The road will not be easy as the schedule has its fair share of very capable and rugged opponents.

The Oatkan Knights open with defending sectional champion Geneseo on the road at Don DeBadts field. The second contest is also on the road as Warsaw hosts what surely will be a very physical contest. Friday, September 14th will be the home opener against the Avon Braves which have been a sectional finalist the past 4 years. All evidence points to another fine year for the Braves who have size, speed, and confidence instilled by head coach Andy Englert. Week 4 the Knights are again home against a very tough Bath squad led by 4-year senior QB Dan Leonard. Perry has been very busy in the off-season and will display their wares in Game 5 in Perry. Increased numbers are the order for Bishop Kearney who visit Hartwood Park on Friday, October 5th with a team stoked with speed and size. One of their lineman is listed at 6'10, 280 lbs! The final regular season game is against rival Cal-Mum on Friday, October 12th at Hartwood Park. The Red Raiders will be anxious to show they still have the goods to hand the Knights a 4th straight loss in this series. This rugged affair will be featured as a Section 5 Game of the Week and televised live on local Time Warner Cable.

The captains for the 2012 Knights are all seniors, led by 2-time LCAA all-star Marcus Mistersaro, who will be all over the field as he plays a role in each of the 3 aspects of the game - offense, defense, and special teams. The other senior captains are Archie Cappotelli, Dylan Johnson, and Jared Resch who all worked hard in the weight room in anticipation of their final year of play at LHS.

The offensive line will feature 5 seniors in the 6 slots. Resch and Jayce 'Tuesday' Seeley will start at tackle, while Archie Capotelli and 2nd year starter Kody Lamkin, just a sophomore, will man the guard slots. No one on the team is as hungry as the 'man in the middle' of the O-line, senior center Trent Fenstermaker who returns to the gridiron after having lost his junior season to injury in last year's Victor scrimmage. Trent has been the vocal leader of the team on and off the field and has worked extra hard to make his final year a year to remember. Mistersaro will supply strong blocking and offensive power out of his tight end position. Sophomore Mike Shepard has impressed all on the team with his work ethic and was elevated to the varsity from the JV team. His presence will be felt as he begins what is sure to be a very successful varsity career.

The backfield and wideouts are loaded with speed and potential. Mike McMullen has done a great job learning the offense he will lead as a sophomore QB. Mike can zip the ball and loft it with touch when needed. He led the JVs to a 7-1 season in 2011 and played well when brought up to the varsity late last season for the sectional quarterfinals against champion-to-be Wellsville. Dylan Johnson has worked hard at lifting to add strength to the speed he is naturally blessed with. The senior has a hand injury at this juncture but will suit up with a cast and take it to any opponent in his way. Sophomore Tommy Kelso has great hands and has no problem moving the pile as he blasts to the hole from his fullback position. Sophomore Jon Pierce is picking up what Coach Moran has been laying down and is improving with each practice. Jon was pulled up last season to the varsity as a freshman after dominating at the JV level where he averaged 162 yards a game and 7.5 yards a carry while scoring 9 TDs. Jon also uses his leg strength to punt, averaging a respectable 35+ yards in 2011. Junior Peter Privitera displayed his speed and strength in last weekend's Victor scrimmage against some very good competition. The speedster darted through and around the opposition at the scrimmage which caught the eye of the media who acknowledged Peter's running prowess in the newspaper. Peter is prepared to perform at a very high level this season.

The targets for QB McMullen will be the sure handed Mistersaro, Kylan Carter, Ryan McQuillen, and Steve Cappotelli. Carter was #2 on last year's squad for all-purpose yardage per game as he fearlessly returns kickoffs and punts in addition to making "big" plays. McQuillen brings the speed and big-play ability that his last name has been associated with due to his play on JVs last season and the play of his graduated all-state brother Tommy. Ryan showed up for all of the "extra" sessions to work his way onto the varsity as a sophomore. The Knights are sure to reap the rewards of his hard work off the field for the next 3 seasons. Junior Steve Cappotelli has added some nice size to his frame and will be able to plow over the opposition as well as go up and make the big catch with his athleticism.

The defense has immense experience as it returns the top 7 tacklers from last year's varsity squad who accounted for 277 tackles: Tom Kelso (#1), Marcus Mistersaro, Archie Cappotelli, Dylan Johnson, Peter Privitiera, Steve Cappotelli, and Kody Lamkin. This experienced group will be aided nicely by the top 5 tacklers from last season's 7-1 JVs: Chandler Winling (#1) , Eric Egeling, Frank Conte, Conrado Caballero, and Zach Fitzsimmons. A very nice surprise for the defense has been the emergence of junior weight training phenom Brandon Van Grol who put in hours of work in the weight room to be able to blast through would-be blockers. Coaches at last week's Victor scrimmage were all asking "who's that?" as Brandon executed his role as a silent gridiron assassin. With each practice he is learning more and more as this is just his 2nd season playing football. Chris DeFelice, Alex Dunn, and Sean McMullen are also being counted on to "bring it" on defense as all 3 are experienced seniors.

Brian Moran enters his 24th season as head coach with a record of 177-58-2 along with long time assistants Andrew Paladino (defensive coordinator-28 total seasons) and Jim Bonacquisti (special teams-18 seasons). Brian Herdlein enters his 3rd season as the offensive coordinator for the Knights. Also helping this season as a special assistant coach is LeRoy alum and 2-time all-state football selection Brady Bonacquisti who has been working with the team since spring agilities. He unselfishly has given of his time during the optional summer sessions and mandatory 2-a-days as he relates his 4 years of college football experience at Alfred University with this year's Knights. Tradition lives on; look for the Knights to be much improved this season.




 


LEROY VARSITY FOOTBALL COACHES 2012

Head Coach Brian Moran

Andrew Paladino
Defensive Coordinator
Brian Herdlein
Offensive Coordinator
Jim Bonacquisti
Special Teams Coach

Brady Bonacquisti
Assistant Coach



2012 LeRoy Oatkan Knights Varsity Football

Row 1 (front) - Manager, Chris DeFelice, Jon Pierce, Mike McMullen, Archie Cappotelli, Ryan McQuillen. Row 2 - Frank Conte, Eric Egeling, Kylan Carter, Sean McMullen, Zach Fitzsimmons. Row 3 - Chandler Winling, Tom Kelso, Dylan Johnson, Mike Shepard, Peter Privitera, Trent Fenstermaker. Row 4 (rear) - Steve Cappotelli, Brandon Van Grol, Alex Dunn, Jared Resch, Jayce 'Tuesday' Seeley, Marcus Mistersaro, Conrado Caballero. (Team photo by Cardinal Sports Imaging)